Anyone who's seen, heard, or stood in the presence of Sia knows that the legendary songwriter commands a level of respect unlike any other. For that reason alone, any band that takes on the task of covering Sia must be prepared to face a major feat. Lucky for Wild Wild Horses, they've not only nailed a personalized rendition of her multi-Grammy nominated hit, "Chandelier," but they've also done it all in a live setting.
Frontman and keyboardist Jack Edwards shared,
"I’m a massive fan of Sia’s writing and her choices with melody. We started messing around with the riff in rehearsal and deconstructing all of the parts in this really sparse way. Then this strange little trip-hop feel started coming together with loads of space between the guitar and bass riff and the high hats that was really satisfying to play. I think we played it on loop for about an hour before Billy lost his balance from being too chill, and fell into Greg’s kit, so we decided to record it for the live session."
I mean, if ever someone loses balance from "being too chill," then you know you're onto something. Named after the Rolling Stones' 1971 classic, with an extra "wild" to keep things fresh, Wild Wild Horses entered the spotlight with their Ordinary Life debut EP in 2015. After accumulating considerable buzz with their "Demon Days (Do It All Again)" music video, it seems that the boys are ready to step out of their comfort zone and fully own their alt-pop sound with unexpected covers like "Chandelier."
Jack Edwards (vocals, guitar, keys), Billy Adamson (guitar), Jonathan Harvey (bass), and Greg Rogove's (drums) version of Sia's 2014 pop original lends itself to a much more laid back, stripped down ambiance. While they lack the professional child dancer and creepy abandoned home we enjoyed in back in 2014, Wild Wild Horse's live cover allows Edwards' ernest voice to take center stage.
Like what you hear? Sit back with your exclusive stream of Wild Wild Horses' "Chandelier" cover above, then catch the band on tour with From Indian Lakes starting Oct. 3–details below.
10/3 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10/4 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
10/6 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10/ 7 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/8 Detroit, MI @ Shelter
10/9 Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
10/10 Toronto, Canada @ Adelaide Hall
10/12 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
10/13 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
10/14 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
10/15 Washington, DC @ DC9
10/16 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
10/17 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory)
10/18 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
10/20 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10/21 Austin, TX @ 3TEN at Austin City Limits Live
10/22 Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
10/23 San Antonio, TX @ Jack’s Patio
10/26 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
10/27 San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues (Voodoo Room)
10/28 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
11/1 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
11/2 Portland, OR @ Analog Theater (Downstairs)
11/4 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
11/5 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Photo: Myriam Santos